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eNEWSLETTER - AUGUST 2008

Sent: July 29, 2008


Mailing Address:
P. O. Box 1095
Dawsonville GA 30534-0022

Physical Address:
64 Lumpkin County Park Drive
Dahlonega, GA 30533

Telephone: 706 518 7905

VISIT OUR WEB SITE AT: www.allcatsinc.org

Please Send all Donations/Letters to the Above Post Office Address. Thank You!


“Lots of people talk to animals….Not very many listen, though…That’s the problem.” Benjamin Hoff, The Toa of Pooh

Dear Friends,

July 26, 2008 – As you know, one of our supporters sent us one half of her economic stimulus (rebate) check—in addition to her normal support—to be used only to help people in financial trouble help their animals. We offered twelve $50 checks to individuals and/or families who find themselves unable to feed their pets. UPDATE: We still have some of the $600 remaining so please write to Pat Kachur at the normal post office address or email her at pat@allcatsinc.org if you know of someone who needs this help. If you would like to contribute to this fund, we would be delighted to add your donation to the remaining amount.

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July Financial Results—We are sorry to have to report that July to date has been a disappointing financial month. We certainly realize that the nation’s economic woes have put heavy pressure on very many of us. However, we need a certain level of income in order to provide the care which our animals deserve. So, do your best to make August a much better month. Thank you all.

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We were this week sent a wonderful email entitled “A PET'S TEN COMMANDMENTS.........” that we want to share with you. We do not know where it originated but want to thank Mary Ann Abrahamson for forwarding it to us. We think it should be printed, laminated and hung everywhere….

1. My life is likely to last 10-15 years. Any separation from you is likely to be painful.
2. Give me time to understand what you want of me.
3. Place your trust in me. It is crucial for my well-being.
4. Don't be angry with me for long and don't lock me up as punishment. You have your work, your friends, your entertainments--but I have only you.
5. Talk to me. Even if I don't understand your words, I do understand your voice when speaking to me.
6. Be aware that however you treat me, I will never forget it.
7. Before you hit me, before you strike me, remember that I could hurt you, and yet I choose not to.
8. Before you scold me for being lazy or uncooperative, ask yourself if something might be bothering me. Perhaps I'm not getting the right food, I have been in the sun too long, or my heart might be getting old or weak.
9. Please take care of me when I grow old. You, too, will grow old.
10. On the ultimate difficult journey, go with me please. Never say you can't bear to watch. Don't make me face this alone. Everything is easier for me if you are there, because I love you so.

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ANIMAL HEALTH—The topic this month is traveling with your pet(s). Following are some tips to use when you are preparing to travel with your pet by car:

1. Keep your pets safe and secure in a well-ventilated crate or carrier. There are a variety of wire mesh, hard plastic and soft-sided carriers available. Whatever you choose, make sure it’s large enough for your pet to stand, sit, lie down and turn around in. It’s smart to get your pet used to the carrier in the comfort of your home before your trip.

2. Get your pet geared up for a long trip by taking him on a series of short drives first, gradually lengthening time spent in the car. Be sure to always secure the crate so it won’t slide or shift in the event of a quick stop.

3. Your pet’s travel-feeding schedule should start with a light meal three to four hours prior to departure. Don’t feed your furry friend in a moving vehicle—even if it is a long drive.

4. Never leave your animal alone in a parked vehicle. On a hot day, even with the windows open, a parked automobile can become a furnace in no time, and heatstroke can develop. In cold weather, a car can act as a refrigerator, holding in the cold and causing the animal to freeze to death.

5. What in your pet’s traveling kit? In addition to travel papers, food, bowl, leash, a waste scoop, plastic bags, grooming supplies, medication and a pet first-aid kit, pack a favorite toy or pillow to give your pet a sense of familiarity. THE ABOVE INFORMATION WAS GLEANED FROM THE WEBSITE OF THE ASPCA

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STAMP REPORT—Since our last report, we have received 107 stamps (vs. 158 used to send out newsletters) from Jamie Reagin, Connie Rice, Gloria Young and Mardi Hoofnagle. Therefore, we had to spend about $25 on postage, including the everyday mail we send out during the month. We thank all of you who send us stamps and hope that August will be that “great month” we have been anticipating.

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PAYPAL DONATIONS—Please remember that you may make donations to the shelter via PayPal. Just visit their website, www.paypal.com – use our PayPal email address – donate@allcatsinc.org – and follow the site instructions. You may use a credit card or have the donation deducted from a bank account.

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VET EXPENSE UPDATE: Our great appreciation to Mary Jane Johnson, Mildred Ferrell, Gloria Overbey, Connie Rice and Avis Buchanan for your donations to our veterinary care fund since our last newsletter. We encourage all of you to consider a gift to this fund—so our animals will NEVER have to suffer for lack of medical care. As always, you may donate toward veterinary care in any one of the following ways:

• Sending us a check made out to Murrayville Veterinary Clinic or Riverside Veterinary Hospital, Inc. for whatever amount you wish to contribute OR
• Sending a check made out to ALL C.A.T.S., Inc. indicating the donation is to be used for general veterinary expense.
• Send a check directly to (1) Murrayville Veterinary Clinic, P.O. Box 406, Murrayville, GA 30564, (2) Dawsonville Veterinary Hospital, PO Box 1328, Dawsonville GA 30534 or (3) Riverside Veterinary Hospital, Inc., 2110 South Broad Avenue, Lanett AL 36863. Be sure to indicate that it is to be applied to the All C.A.T.S., Inc. account. If you would like your donation acknowledged in this newsletter, please drop us a note—the clinics are sometimes too busy to let us know about the support they receive directly from you.

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IN MEMORY OF:

• From Jo Anne Croghan who writes, “I have lost another cat. She died at home June 3 at age 11. Her name is Tasha. Her mom was feral and she and her litter mates were rescued as young kittens. I found homes for her two brothers, and her mom is now very tame and a happy member of our household. Tasha had health issues her entire life. This donation is in loving memory of the love and happiness she gave us in her life.”

• From Connie Rice “in memory of Murphy, my friend Beverly Pearcy’s 16-year old West Highland Terrier…Murphy was euthanized last week—he had a history of pancreatitis, diabetes and liver cancer. Bev took incredible care of her beloved Murphy and made sure he had the best medical care possible.

• From Bonnie Traut “in memory of Trisket. You came into our lives at a late age and left too soon. You are our snow white angel.”

Note: If you send us a donation in the name of someone who has lost a beloved pet and would like us to send a letter of sympathy and acknowledgment, please be sure to send us the name and address to which it should be sent. If you would prefer that we email this acknowledgement, just include the email address.

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THANK YOU—

 To Carol Clenney for your continuing sponsorship of one of our shelter kitties.

 To Mary Jane Johnson for the wonderful Golden Retriever in a field of tulips card.

 To May Speer for your continuing sponsorship of Bella.

 To Annette Gonzales for your donation and kind note.

 To Kevin Donahue for your continuing sponsorship of Jumping Jack.

 To Margaret and Fred Mitchell for your extremely generous donation and wonderful puppy card. We were very glad to see that the card states that you are supporters of Guiding Eyes for the Blind, one of the nation’s foremost guide dog schools.

 To Dennis Baldauf for your support “for Putter.”

 To Elly Meyer for the “Happy 4th of July” note. We hope yours was enjoyable.

 To Dena Roesler for your continued donations, always matched by your company.

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THINGS YOU CAN DO TO HELP OUR ANIMALS

1. A special, extra donation for general operating expenses.
2. A donation earmarked for our electric bill (amount varies depending on the weather) and/or garbage bill (currently $173.98).
3. Those of you who provide food and/or supplies to either shelter—continue and accelerate if possible.
4. A special veterinary fund donation (see above for details).
5. Chain link fencing and the “stuff” needed to install are always items that the shelters need. A gift card for any place that sells fencing, etc., would be much appreciated!!!
6. Gift card for Home Depot or Lowes for buying many cleaning supplies—buckets, brooms, etc.
7. Gift card for any other store at which we can buy items needed at the shelter. Wal-Mart, Kroger, PetSmart, PETCO and Ingles cards are especially welcome.
8. Any type of animal medicine.
9. Bedding (washable, please), food and water bowls.
10. Bleach, detergent, Glad tall kitchen bags, paper plates, Pine-Sol, brooms, scrub buckets, dishwashing liquid, canned and dry cat food, dry dog food, cat and dog treats, and paper towels. Please send large items to the Dahlonega physical address listed above.

INTERESTING ITEMS FROM THE NEWS

July 16, 2008, Queens, NY – Five years ago, a heartbroken five-year-old girl from Queens, Natalie Villacis, was distraught over the loss of her beagle Rocco, who somehow got out of their fenced yard and disappeared. The family did everything possible to find Rocco—to no avail. Then—a miracle. On July 5, the family received a call from Liberty County (GA) Animal Control. Someone had found Rocco at a local military base and turned him in to the authorities there. They did a normal check for a microchip and found Rocco’s information and called the family immediately. Natalie’s father and brother flew to Georgia, picked up Rocco and drove back home in a rental car. Natalie, now 11, appeared on the TODAY show to tell this wonderful story. FROM MSNBC.COM – PETS

May 11, 2008, London – In early May, doping tests were introduced at prestigious bullfighting festivals in Spain after allegations that bulls were given drugs to tip the balance in favor of the matador. Due to much pressure and falling ratings, Spanish TV has dropped bullfighting from their schedule. European animal rights representatives believe the “sport” will soon be relegated to the history books. Other successes in Europe and Asia include (1) a law which will take effect in Switzerland on September 1 requiring dog owners to pay for and finish a two-part training course; (2) Banning of wild animal circus acts in Austria, Coatia, Hungary and Singapore; (3) Banning the docking of animals’ tails for cosmetic reasons in Britain; (4) banning of the production of foie gras in Israel; (5) banning of the use of animals on TV in any way that goes against their nature or subjects them to stress in Italy; (6) banning of the sale of animals to people under age 16 and the giving of animals as prizes in Scotland; and (7) banning the production of foie gras in Britain, although it may still be imported. (Prince Charles recently banned the use of foie gras at all official residences.) FROM THE ATLANTA JOURNAL-CONSTITUTION, MAY 11, 20




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